TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored nine of her 23 points in the fourth quarter, including the tiebreaking basket with 5.2 seconds remaining to lift the Indiana Fever past the Tulsa Shock 78-76 on Tuesday night.
Catchings, playing in just her second game this season after missing Indiana’s first 17 contests due to a sore back, also had 11 rebounds and was announced as a starter for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star game later this month.
Shavonte Zellous had 18 points for the Fever (9-10), who earned a split in the teams’ season series. Tulsa won 107-102 in overtime at Indianapolis on June 25.
Skylar Diggins, announced as a starter for the West, scored 23 points for Tulsa (7-12), which trailed by 15 points in the fourth quarter. Diggins was 12 for 12 on free throws.
Diggins and Jordan Hooper combined for all of the Shock’s scoring during a 13-4 run to pull Tulsa to 71-65 with 5:54 remaining. Odyssey Sims’ two free throws with 54.9 seconds left cut the deficit to 76-74. Sims drew an offensive foul on Indiana’s next possession and Courtney Paris’ layup tied the score with 16.7 seconds to go.
That set the stage for Catchings’ winning basket as she caught a pass from Erlana Larkins and made a layup.
Tulsa had one more chance, but Glory Johnson’s shot at the buzzer hit the front rim.
Despite being held without a field goal for the first 6 minutes of the third quarter, Indiana used an 8-2 spurt midway through the period to take its first double-digit lead at 57-46 on Layshia Clarendon’s 3-pointer.
After jumping out to an 8-0 lead to start the game, Indiana led the majority of the first half. Johnson scored on an inside basket to pull Tulsa to 38-34. Catchings, however, answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to give Indiana a seven-point lead at the break.